Photography Is No Longer Evidence of Anything

Photography Is No Longer Evidence of Anything

For weeks now, the world has been awash in conspiracy theories spurred by weird artifacts in a photographic image of the missing Princess of Wales that she eventually admitted had been edited. Some of them got pretty crazy, ranging from a cover-up of Kate’s alleged...
Large Language Models’ Emergent Abilities Are a Mirage

Large Language Models’ Emergent Abilities Are a Mirage

The original version of this story appeared in Quanta Magazine.Two years ago, in a project called the Beyond the Imitation Game benchmark, or BIG-bench, 450 researchers compiled a list of 204 tasks designed to test the capabilities of large language models, which...
Here’s How Generative AI Depicts Queer People

Here’s How Generative AI Depicts Queer People

Yes, San Francisco is a nexus of artificial intelligence innovation, but it’s also one of the queerest cities in America. The Mission District, where ChatGPT maker OpenAI is headquartered, butts up against the Castro, where sidewalk crossings are coated with rainbows,...